Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
New York Rangers' Derick Brassard (16) puts the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and Robert Bortuzzo (41) for the game-winning goal in the first overtime period of Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 2, 2014. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Rangers avoid elimination
NHL playoffs » Brassard scores twice as N.Y. wins its second game of semifinals series.
First Published May 09 2014 11:56 pm • Last Updated May 09 2014 11:57 pm

Pittsburgh • Derick Brassard scored twice, including New York’s first power-play goal in 10 games, and the Rangers avoided elimination with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.

Brassard ended New York’s 0-for-36 slide with the man advantage by beating Marc-Andre Fleury late in the first period. Ryan McDonagh added another power-play goal in the second to help the Rangers force Game 6 in New York on Sunday.

At a glance

Playoffs schedule

Friday

» N.Y. Rangers 5,Pittsburgh 1

(Penguins lead series 3-2)

» Minnesota 4, Chicago 2

(Series tied 2-2)

Saturday

» Montreal at Boston,5 p.m., NBCSN

(Series tied 2-2)

» Anaheim at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

(Kings lead series 2-1)

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Chris Kreider and Kevin Klein also scored, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots.

Evgeni Malkin had his third goal of the series for Pittsburgh. Fleury made 30 saves but lacked the crispness that allowed the Penguins to sweep Games 3 and 4 in New York.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma stressed the importance of not letting the Rangers back in the series, but the fire he was looking for came from the other bench.

Part of the jolt came from the presence of forward Martin St. Louis. The veteran arrived in Pittsburgh just hours before faceoff after spending the night in Montreal following the unexpected death of his mother, France.

St. Louis told his teammates his mother would have wanted him on the ice. He played 16 minutes and watched the line of Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot rediscover the success they enjoyed against Pittsburgh in the regular season and the series opener.

Minnesota 4, Chicago 2 • Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota in the second period off the back of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford’s skate and the Wild beat the Blackhawks in St. Paul, Minn., to even the Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.

Matt Cooke returned from his seven-game kneeing suspension to give the Wild a jolt, assisting on Justin Fontaine’s opening goal. Nino Niederreiter and Jared Spurgeon also scored. Crawford made 27 saves, but he gave up four goals for the second straight game.

Patrick Sharp snapped out of his slump by scoring for the Blackhawks and Michal Handzus had a goal, but the defending Stanley Cup champions again found themselves unable to establish a consistent attack against the Wild’s stifling defense.


story continues below
story continues below



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.